Ten Fall Events in Delaware County

Delaware, Ohio Fall Events For Sweater Weather



It’s that time of year again where Delaware folks start their preparations for the fall weather and traditions that come with it! If you’re looking to try something new that’s family friendly and has that fall spirit, keep your calendars marked for these upcoming events.

Alum Creek’s Fall Campout – October 2nd
Make your way to Alum Creek’s Campground and enjoy an evening of pumpkin decorating, hiking on haunted trails, trick or treating around the campground, and several games and contests. This is a great event for families and anyone who wants to experience Halloween early!


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2015 5k Pumpkin Run & 1 Mile Walk – October 3rd, 8am
In support of Live Strong, there will be a 5k race and 1 mile walk at OWU’s Selby Stadium. Entry fee is $30 for the run, and $20 for the walk. There will also be a kid’s sprint at 9am with a $5 entrance fee.



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Race for the Soul – October 3d, 9am
The Columbus Zoo will be hosting their 9th annual Race for the Soul to bring awareness for the needs of people all throughout Central Ohio such as food, clean drinking water, medical attention, and emotional support. There will be a kids run at 8:45, and a 5k run or 1 mile walk around the zoo at 9. Entry fee is $15-40, depending on whether or not you have a zoo membership and what race you run in.
Powell Oktoberfest – October 3rd, 12pm-10pm
The Village Green Amphitheater Pavillion will be hosting their annual Oktoberfest featuring live German music and entertainment, food trucks, and activities for all ages.

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Kilbourne Community Fall Festival – October 3rd, 8am
Enjoy a full day of fall fun and activities starting with a delicious breakfast from 8-10am; followed by a hog roast, petting zoo and games along with crafts and a flea market (9am-4pm) Also. enjoy stories and historical displays relevant to the local area.
Oakland Nursery’s Fall Festival – October 10th-11th                                                                                                                                                                     Oakland will be hosting their 35th annual Fall Festival at all their store locations this year! There will be a haunted house, a petting zoo, balloon art, pumpkin painting, and sales on merchandise. Don’t miss out on this fall-filled event.


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Miller’s Country Gardens Fall Festival – October 11th, 12pm
Take a hayride through the pumpkin patch and explore the corn maze at this great fall event at Miller Country Gardens in Delaware. There will also be Pumpkin Express barrel rides, face painting, balloon sculpturing, live music by “In A Jam”, and great food by Sock Hop Soda Shop.

Campfire at Stratford Ecological Center – October 16th, 6pm-8pm
Make your reservations quick for this great night of fall fun and camping out. This is a great event for smaller kids. There will be a wagon ride through the Stratford woods, popcorn and cider, hiking, and storytelling.

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Central Ohio Symphony’s Debut Concert – October 17th, 7:30pm
The Central Ohio Symphony is entering into their 37th year of fantastic music and performance. Their season debut concert will be shown at the Gray Chapel in Delaware. Tickets can be ordered at centralohiosymphony.org

Leed’s Pumpkin Farm
Located in Ostrander, this is a place I always looked forward to visiting every fall when I was a kid. There are fields of pumpkins to go picking for, hayrides and petting zoos, ziplines, and great snacks. I definitely recommend this place for all ages. They are open every Saturday and Sunday through October 31st.

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Welcome to Africa



Think about the word “Africa.” Now what do you visualize? The Red Sea? Games of Cricket? Drums beating to the sounds of African sambas? Could you ever imagine the word “Africa” holding a more personal, local definition? In Delaware, Ohio, that’s exactly what the word has.

Africa was the name of a community of runaway slaves who lived in log homes, were employed by anti-slavery farmers, and settled in the southern Delaware County area. In 1824, a man named Samuel Patterson began to hide runaway slaves in his home, which was located in what is now north of Westerville. These slaves were mocked by pro-slavery neighborhoods, who referred to their community as “Africa,” and so East Orange was renamed. Country gentlefolk had erected small cabins there as temporary housing while building permanent homes on their estates. After a time, the woodlands north of Westerville harbored a cluster of these abandoned cabins, as folks began to move into their newly completed houses. To this time, the village has disappeared, but several of Patterson’s homes still stand in this vicinity. Africa is said to be the only town named after the Underground Railroad.

Photo of Maker #6-21, photo from remarkableohio.org

Photo of Maker #6-21, photo from remarkableohio.org

What’s even more astounding is the fact that Ohio had an extensive network of trails used by anti-slavery activists, free Blacks, and churches to help fugitive slaves flee from the South to Canada. Ohio had one of the most active Underground Railroad operations in the nation; some sources estimate that 40,000 slaves escaped to freedom through Ohio. The Ohio Department of Transportation designated portions of U.S. Route 23 and State Route 4 – one of the most frequently used corridors on the Underground Railroad – as a commemorative highway to be known as River-To-Lake Freedom Trail. This trail follows the present day alignment of 23 from the Ohio River at Portsmouth, north through central Ohio.

An Ohio Department of Natural Resources site has a page called Ohio’s Underground Railroad to Freedom which talks about slave coming across the Ohio River from the south. The site says: One of the most famous Underground Railroad routes in central Ohio was Africa Road. This was the setting of one of the most extraordinary chapters in Underground Railroad history.

Why do you think central Ohio was such a good pit-stop for these runaway slaves? And what else do you know about secret slave routes in the Delaware area?



Books and Journalism, Learning to Evolve



Nothing beats the smell of a fresh, new paper-backed novel. However, with classic novels evolving into e-readers and other forms of technology such as kindles, it’s no secret that today’s digital revolution has cleaned out our bookshelves.

Barnes and Noble claims it now sells three times as many digital books as all formats of physical books combined. Similarly, Amazon sells 242 e-books for every 100 hardback books. This isn’t surprising, although what does this mean for the future careers of brilliant authors and writers?

With the era of digital publishing and reading, the future for author advancement is coming to a close. Authors depend upon their future profits, therefore they sink themselves into debt on the chance of a brand new hit. In reaction to the reduction of their living wages, lots of today’s writers have decided to abandon the mainstream altogether. Authors want to be in print, and appear in bookstores, not on our phone screens.

As for journalism, there’s a big rumor floating around that journalism is “dead.”

Only silly folks can believe such a tale, journalism is not dying. It’s evolving, and journalists are just now learning how to evolve with it. People all over the world still have enthusiasm for telling stories, and that alone is enough to keep journalism alive.

Being a high school writer on my newspaper staff, I’ve witnessed the enthusiasm and excitement today’s generation of young writers have for journalism. Early November, I traveled to DC for the National Journalism Convention where thousands of highschool students from all over the country came together to celebrate and learn about the growing evolution of journalism and its branches.

Social media holds some credit to the journalism boom. Because of today’s technology, news is traveling faster and faster and becoming more accessible. Just minutes after something remarkable happens, the details are posted within minutes online. People crave news.

Although newspapers aren’t doing very well, the content that’s found in them can still be accessed, just in a different form. Journalism has undergone some major transformations in past few years, from traditional newspapers themselves, to radio broadcasts, to television, and now to the Internet. The mother of all information.

Journalism isn’t about the form that it takes, it’s about the facts, opinions, views and stories that are available to the public. Journalism, like any other industry, has to adapt and move with time. Thanks to the Internet, journalists and writers now have several opportunities to be read and noticed. By including images, links, audio, videos, these writers can find their own creative outlet to utilize their stories even better.



Some people don’t believe that journalism can thrive without newspapers, but maybe journalists just need to learn when it’s time to step away from tradition. Society doesn’t need newspapers, it needs the material that’s published in them. This content is just in the process of being presented in a more modern way.

For books and journalists, storytelling will never die, it’s just shedding off some old skin.

What do you think about the decline of newspapers? Can journalism survive without newspapers? Can authors and journalists learn how to present their stories in a new technological era?



Delaware County Fair All Horse Parade (Slide Show 1)


Picture slide show #1 of the Delaware County Fair’s All Horse Parade.

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Photos include the Delaware Hayes Grand Pacer Marching Band, Buckeye Valley High School Marching Band, Delaware County 4-H clubs, Riding Clubs, and various other community organizations around the Delaware, Ohio area.

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Sue Lampher dives in to the history of the Delaware County Fair in her latest piece “The Delaware County Fair:  Ponder the Past and Prepare for a Blast.” CLICK HERE TO READ IT

Suicide Prevention Walk Continues to Inspire Delaware Participants

According to DoSomething.org, 1 person commits suicide every 16.2 minutes, making it the third leading cause of death for ages 15-24. “Suicide is a major public health issue and is ranked as the tenth leading cause of death in America,” Chair of the Delaware Suicide Prevention Coalition, Max Lencl said. It is for these reasons that the Delaware Suicide Prevention Coalition will be coming together with people in the community for the fourth annual Suicide Prevention Walk on September 6, at Bicentennial Park. Registration begins at 9:30am and the walk starts at 10.

“The goals of the walk are to raise awareness on the issue of suicide as well as offer healing to those who have lost someone,” Lencl said, “We hope to increase awareness that suicide is preventable and there are a variety of services available in the community, including Helpline’s 24/7 crisis hotline.”

This year’s walk includes a one-mile walk through historic Delaware. Activities to inspire hope will be available before the walk. There will also be a stop by the Helpline garden where “participants can leave ‘Hope Stones’ that they created earlier at the park,” Lencl said. Posters are also encouraged along with donations to HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow County. “At the end, we will all gather and have a few moments to share anything that comes to mind and then release three dozen beautiful butterflies together,” Lencl said.

All community members are invited and encouraged to participate in this event, despite their closeness with suicide. “People come who have lost a loved one to suicide and are looking for a way to meet others,” Lencl said, “some come because they are a caregiver and believe this is a great cause. During the walk, there is a sense of togetherness and a feeling of making a difference.”

Suicide is growing rapidly among young adults and teens, and “the best way to make an impact is know the signs, don’t be afraid to talk about suicide, and seek help if you or someone you know is struggling,” Lencl said, “this event is important because it inspires hope that despite the tragedy of suicide that still exists, there is important, visible work being done nearby.’

This event is sure to inspire the hearts of every participant, so don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of it. Also, take some time to explore the efforts of the Suicide Prevention program. “We hold tables at events to raise awareness, collaborate on related mental health events through other partner agencies, and offer Survivor of Suicide Advocacy – an individualized support program at no cost,” Lencl said.

OWU Officer First to Author Delaware’s Ghostly Encounters

Ghosts and its paranormal branches have been a very popular subject for millennia, appearing in countless publications, such as “Macbeth,” to the Bible, and now in John B. Ciochetty’s books “Ghosts of Historic Delaware, OH” and “The Ghosts of Stuyvesant Hall and Beyond.”

Front cover of Ciochetty’s book ‘The Ghosts of Stuyvesant Hall and Beyond’ written in 2007

Ciochetty currently holds a position at Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of [Read more…]

Distracted Driving Becomes a Growing Epidemic

Parents, imagine this. Your teen is out driving around at night, and you’re sitting in angst waiting for them to come back home. Shortly later, you hear a knock at the door in the middle of night. You look out the window and notice several police officers standing at your front door. You open the door, and are told that your child has been killed in a fatal car wreck. For those of you who are on the other side of the screen and are thinking ‘this could never happen to me or my teen,’ you’re wrong.

Despite his profession of being a sportscaster for WBNS-TV, Dom Tiberi was just like any other typical man. He loves to cook, watch the Cincinnati Reds, and more importantly, he loves his three children. However, little did Tiberi know that he was about to begin a new journey promoting and engaging children and teens about the hazards of distracted driving. This new mission has a title. And that title is “Maria’s Message.”

September 17, 2013. A night Tiberi and his family will never forget. “It’s every parent’s worst nightmare that we’re livin’,” said Tiberi. At 10:38 that night, Tiberi’s daughter, Maria Tiberi, left the house to go see her sister at work, and was killed 5 minutes later. “Something caused her to hit a semi truck at 53mph,” said Tiberi, “We know that she wasn’t on her cell phone, and we know that she wasn’t texting.” Police have yet to figure out exactly what caused Maria to become distracted.

Below is a video containing an interview with the Tiberi family

Despite the mysterious twist, Maria Tiberi is no different than the hundreds of other teens whose lives are shattered on the roadways every year. “Every 16 minutes, somebody in the United States dies in an automobile accident,” said Tiberi, “We just saw a tragedy in Johnstown where three kids lost their lives and they were all ages fifteen to seventeen.”

So what has caused this new and dangerous trend to contaminate the driving habits of so many teens? It might have to do with the major ego of many teens who think that they’re “good” at texting and driving at the same time. “We all thought when we were sixteen that we were ten feet tall,” Tiberi said. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 97% of teens say texting and driving is dangerous, yet 43% admit to doing it. The popularity and evolution of mobile devices has sent many teens on a new rampage to become technologically involved in every aspect of their daily lives.

Tiberi’s loss has sent him on a new quest to speak out to teens all over the state about the devastating impacts and dangers of distracted driving. “I’ve been to sixteen high schools,” said Tiberi, “There are usually not too many dry eyes in the auditoriums that I’ve been to.” Some of those auditoriums includes those in schools such as Lancaster, Canal Winchester, Dublin Jerome, and Northmor. “I will continue to do this for as long as kids wanna hear from me,” Tiberi said.

Parents, even though the statistics are frightening, there is no reason to panic just yet. “Automobile accidents are so preventable,” Tiberi said. And these accidents can be even more preventable if parents are taking the proper actions to make sure their teens are driving responsibly and safely. “Don’t be afraid to be a parent,” said Tiberi, “We’ve got to set better examples.” Adults are just as vulnerable to texting and driving just as much as teens are. “Bottom line is, none of us should do it,” Tiberi said. Also, don’t be afraid to discard cell phones when necessary. Think about it, what’s more important? A person’s life, or what Julie said to Bob about Kate?

Tiberi’s dedicated efforts have pushed Ohio’s Governor John Kasich to sign legislation designating September as Safe Driving Awareness Month. Kasich has also vowed additional state efforts to draw attention to the dangers of distracted driving. “I think the main thing we need to do is step up the education and step up the awareness,” Tiberi said. The next step in Tiberi’s mission is to create a defensive driving program for students to undergo. “I think moms and dads need to do their part to make sure that kids learn the right way to [drive],” Tiberi said.

So, what are you going to do the next time you set foot in your car? Or how about the next time you pass by an accident? Instead of taking your life for granted, remember Tiberi’s words, “if it can happen to me and my family, it can certainly happen to you and your family.” Driving is a privilege that can instantly be turned into a deadly danger with just one small distraction. Don’t be a statistic when you can be part of the movement.

Here are some tips to prevent distracted driving brought to you from AAA Exchange:

1. If there is some other activity demanding your attention, instead of trying to attempt it while driving, pull of the road and park your vehicle in a safe place.

2. To avoid temptation, power down or store away all electronic devices or anything else that may cause you to take your focus off the road

3. Food can also be a distraction. Eat meals or snacks before or after your trip. When going through a drive thru, try eating in the parking lot.

4. Finish dressing and personal grooming at home, not while driving.

5. Make any vehicular adjustments before you start driving. Address systems such as GPS, seats, mirrors, and sound systems before driving. Also, decide on your route and check traffic/weather conditions beforehand.

6. Store loose gear, possessions, and other materials that could roll around in your car, so you do not feel tempted to reach for them on the floor or seat.

To find out more about Maria’s message visit 10tv.com/mariasmessage and make the pledge to not become a distracted driver

Ohio Machine vs. Chesapeake Bayhawks Preview

Photo courtesy of Andy Long

Photo courtesy of Andy Long

After taking a week off to evaluate and reflect their first four games, the Ohio Machine will be in full recovery mode to take on the Chesapeake Bayhawks May 31 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD at 7pm. “Chesapeake, they [Read more…]

Zoombezi Bay Now a Better Place to Play

Watch out! Mischievous baboons have taken over Zoombezi Bay Water Park! Zoombezi Bay is introducing a brand new, four and a half million dollar multi-level play structure and surrounding pool that will replace the Barracuda Bay. “The whole area was kinda old and needed a facelift,” said Zoombezi Bay’s Vice President, John Gannon, “if you weren’t here before, you can appreciate how nice it is.”

Photo of Zoombezi Bay 2014

Photo of Zoombezi Bay 2014

Several new additions to the park have made such as fresh concrete, heated water, water falls, water basketball, overhead trellis for shade, cabanas with overhead fans and stocked refrigerators, and more. “We knew it was going to look fabulous,” said the Director of Operations, Andy Cloyd, “There’s so much more to do.” This animal-themed attraction provides an imaginative stimulation along with “hands-on” experiences for people of all ages. “We wanted to have some animal theme to it since we’re associated with the zoo,” Cloyd said. This brand-new attraction will include 9 thrilling waterslides along with the 1,000 gallon bucket dump. “You’re just getting sprayed everywhere you go,” Cloyd said. Vibrant colors, splashing water, and movable attractions will all contribute to an enjoyable summer.

Photo of Zoombezi Bay 2014

A different angle of Zoombezi Bay

Zoombezi Bay is a “whole new different experience,” Cloyd said. Also, Gannon guarantees that there’s “gadgets and gizmos for the whole family.” Zoombezi Bay’s slides and water rides are sure to make your heart race! With only one out of six in the United States, Big Boa Falls will whip you from side to side at a rapid speed. What’s even more of a rush is the Python Plunge, which is an uphill water slide! Say whaaaaaat? Riders will accelerate at high speeds as they are blasted uphill on jetted water followed by a 70-foot long shot into a landing pool. What a rush! There’s also rides for the whole family to enjoy at a time. The Tahitian Tower accompanies up to 5 people through a series of acceleration drops in complete darkness along with a 360 degree spin before landing. Grab your sunscreen and admission tickets and make your way to Zoombezi Bay to dive into some exhilarating adventures fun for the whole family!

Ohio Machine 2014 Home Game Preview

Photo Courtesy of the Ohio Machine.

Photo Courtesy of the Ohio Machine.

            The Ohio Machine Lacrosse team’s first home game at Ohio Wesleyan’s Selby Stadium is just around the corner. The Machine is set for their first home game May 17 at 8pm against the New York Lizards. The Machine is ranked No. 3  in the Major League Lacrosse Power Rankings with a current record of 1-2 (2-12 ranked 7th in 2013)  above the Lizard’s No. 6 ranking with an equal record of 1-2 ( 4-10 ranked 6th in 2013 record). The Machine jumped on the ability to land former Johns Hopkins star and MLL veteran Kyle Harrison on the 2014 roster.

           “There’s no question that our last couple games we’ve had slow starts,” Machine’s Head Coach Bear Davis said. With Lizard attackman Rob Pannell being the fourth scoring leader in the MLL with a record of 12 points during the current season, followed by 9 goals made by Machine midfielder Peter Baum, there’s no telling which direction this game will go. “Maybe the trick is just making sure we come out firing,” Davis said. The Machine’s goalie, Scott Rodgers, who was a huge contributor in the team’s victory against the Hounds, is currently being evaluated as a result of recent injuries. His status at the moment is unknown.

            The Lizards ended their last season on a positive note, defeating the Machine 14-11 behind an 11-point performance from attackman Rob Pannell and midfielder Jojo Marasco. “Going forward, we’ve got to make some decisions,” Davis said. The 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft has proved to have a successful turnout for the Machine, as eight brand new players were added to the team’s roster. These recent additions bring new assets and are expected to bolster the Machine’s 2014 lineup. “It’s not like we’re the only team that has to go through that,” Davis said.

            This game is definitely sure to bring some competition to the Machine. In regards to the Lizard’s goalie, “Drew Adams is, if not the best goalie, he’s one of the best,” Davis said.

Tom Schreiber, the number 1 overall pick and a Tewaaraton Trophy (awarded to the nation’s top college player) finalist last year, has led the Princeton Tigers in assists for three consecutive seasons and now enters his senior year with 73 career assists total. Schreiber’s ability to transfer the ball across the midline to his fellow attackmen will draw more opportunities for the Machine’s offensive weapons such as Logan Schuss, Steele Stanwick and Marcus Holman. Scott Loy and Spencer Schnell also offer help on the offense, as the two players have combined to score more than 100 goals during their first three college seasons.

Combined with a strong, young variety of players, along with the new additions to the midfield, attack and defense acquired through the MLL Collegiate Draft, the Machine is looking to build a fast-paced, thrilling brand of lacrosse in the 2014 season. Fans, make sure to keep an eye out for the experienced attackmen and a strong midfield to assist defense in transitioning the ball smoothly from defense to offense to create more scoring opportunities. “We’re cheering, we’re having a good time…And I think our fans are ready to be there in full charge and support,” Davis said, “That’s nice to have when you’re getting into game four.”

Make sure to arrive at the game early. At promptly 5pm, Parking Lot A will be open for tailgating. New to the Machine’s 2014 season is the number of food trucks on site for the pre-game tailgates including, Kona Ice, Pulp Juice and Smoothie, and Pickled Swine to help kick start each home game! There’s more excitement to come after the game as well. Once the Machine and Lizards are done battling it out on the field, make sure to stay for the post game fireworks show!

Contact 614-754-1973 or visit www.theohiomachine.com/tickets for ticketing information. Sideline reserved seats are available for pre-sale for $18 a piece and general admission tickets are priced at $12. Get your Machine on and don’t miss out on this big game!